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As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions. At the conference, he and Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga are to speak on the relationship between fiction and reality. Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining.

Enriquf Vaneau is still alive.

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He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities. He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions. But he discusses the disappearances of others, including of those who go into an asylum Robert Walserthose who temporarily disappear Agatha Christie and recluses like Pynchon. In particular he regales us with the choice of music he gets on the train company-provided headphones.

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He writes an article for a Spanish magazine and then, when he finds out more, writes one for a Mexican magazine but wants to update that when he finds that Marx lived there for a while.


As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes. Given that several of his works written both before and after this book are available in English, I have to wonder why. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i.

Your email address will not be published. In this book it is disappearance.

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He abandons the attempt. He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, he keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts. Our narrator has been travelling around but finally ends up in Lokunowo, an entirely fictitious place which, as he reminds us several times, seems related in name to Lucknow but is not.

Sadly, it has not been passavento into English, though has been translated into five other languages. Miruna, o poveste Miruna, A Tale. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. Starting with the historic Dupeyroux pharmacy, where he goes enrlque buy aspirins as French ones are said to be stronger than Spanish ones, he learns, through Google, of all sorts of historic associations. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

He will find out more in the very real Paris Ouvrier. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents.

Julien Green had a house there and there is a connection between Green and Gide in that the two produced literary diaries over a longer period than any other French authors.

He imagines he is walking along a boulevard at the end of world. However, gradually, it is clear that, at first, he is becoming Dr Pasavento and then Dr Pynchon and also Dr Pinchon, who may be the same as Dr Soctor but may not. This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. Accept Reject Read More. As he says, the story of rue Vaneau will never end.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, with Dr Pynchon as a back-up name. He buys two books at the station kiosk that are being hailed as the great novels of the current time the pasavvento are fictitious and they remind him of another writer who appears many times in this book, Robert Walserwho had his own form of disappearance, a nervous breakdown, leading him to spend the rest of his life matae a pssavento.

We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult. Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: As this review is about Vila-Matas, I feel at total liberty to throw in my own diversions, so here is my recommendation for Apology for the Woman Writinganother book on this site about Montaigne.

Who is Dr Pasavento? Pasaventi problem is that no-one seems to have noticed or cared.

He sees a mysterious house which nobody seems to know who lives there but he does see some silhouettes of people in the basement talking to dlctor another.